United Nations Says At Least 32 People, Mostly Women and Children, Killed as Insurgents, Myanmar Military Clash

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The UN human rights office on Friday said a surge in fighting between the Myanmar military and insurgents has killed at least 32 people, mostly women and children, in the restive Rakhine and Chin states.

The United Nations added that the Myanmar military’s activity has destroyed homes and schools. An insurgent group styling itself the Arakan Army has for a year now battled with the military.

The dispute arose out of the insurgents’ desire for greater autonomy in the region. Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the human rights office, said Friday that “almost daily airstrikes and shelling in populated areas” from the Myanmar military has since March 23 killed 32 people and injured 71 others.

Colville said it was difficult to determine whether the deaths were targeted or whether the victims were caught in the crossfire between the military and the insurgents.

The Arakan Army declared a month-long ceasefire for April along with two other ethnic armed groups, citing the coronavirus pandemic, but the military has rejected that ceasefire.

source: New York Times

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